The charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has announced there will be a new face at its debt-counselling centre in Alnwick.
Chris Friend is to lead the team, based at Alnwick Baptist Church, in the work to help people escape overwhelming personal debts.
Alnwick’s branch is one of 260 all across the UK, giving face-to-face help to some of Britain’s most desperate and isolated people, three in ten of whom describe themselves as suicidal.
The majority of people are trapped into debt by job loss, pay cuts, illness or relationship breakdown – times which are difficult enough without financial hardship.
Chris will visit people in their homes, bringing them hope and reassurance face-to-face with award-winning non-judgemental service.
Chris is the community outreach worker for the church and will combine this role with being CAP centre manager. Previous to that, he worked as a funeral director in the town for 19 years.
“Knowing first-hand the needs that are out there, I really wanted to be part of the solution,” he said.
“CAP’s in-depth care and professionalism really does see lives transformed.”
“The great thing about CAP’s free service is that it is available to everyone – regardless of age, gender, faith or background.
“So, if you know things are out of control and you’re stressed, missing meals or sleep, please give me a ring on 0800 328 0006.”